All New Hillclimb Worlds Fondo
The first-ever Hillclimb World Championships was designed as a fun challenge up the (in)famous Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara. Our theme was "race at the front, party at the back," but a lot of folks were (understandably) concerned about the words "race" and "uphill" in the same sentence. The timed race category will continue this year for all age groups, but we're also adding a Fondo option for 2019, with a fun, challenging, and fully-supported route that won't be a race in any way, but will share a finish with the World Championships, so you can cheer for your friends and heckle your enemies on course.
Race Up Gibraltar Rd.
Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara is famous for its amazing scenery, but more known to cyclists as a battleground for big names at the Amgen Tour of California and known as the best place to watch when the races comes to town. Riders will be eager to challenge themselves on this beautiful backdrop, suffering for fun, prizes, and glory, to compare their times against the best in the world.
Be World Champion
Reigning World and National Hillclimb Champions will try to defend their jerseys, competing for global supremacy on Gibraltar Rd. World & American Champions crowned for Pros & Age Groups, while riders of all levels can test themselves on a climb made famous by the Amgen Tour of California. Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara offers a gorgeous backdrop for a world-class event.
Challenge the Pros
RACE at the front, party at the back!
Have you always wondered how you'd stack up against the pros? The Castelli World Champion jersey and medal will be worth putting on your wall, so wear your speedsuit and have at it against Phil, Margot, and the other pros--or race your age group and compare your time to those from the Amgen Tour of California. Of course, if you'd rather just enjoy the ride, we’ll have an aid station on course, and there'll be prizes for costumes, too!
Explore Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful beaches, iconic architecture and award-winning wine country, but it’s also a great place for cycling, with temperatures staying between 50 and 80º year-round.